Sailing

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We provide sailing activites for all ages. Families, adults, youth - we have opporutinites to learn to sail and advance your sailing education.

Education

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We teach people to become active stewards of the marine environment, and to promote community sailing and other environmentally friendly ways to enjoy the waters of Oyster Bay.

Junior Summer

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Junior Summer Programs engage youth through marine science, habitat exploration, fishing, paddling, sailing, sailboat racing, and more!

About the WaterFront Center

Oyster Bay is said to have some of the healthiest waters in the Long Island Sound; they are classified SA - signifying the highest and best water quality. Home of the famous "Pine Island" oysters, farmed since l887 by Frank M. Flower and Sons, our waters produce up to 90 percent of the oysters and up to 40 percent of the hard clams harvested in all of New York State. This area of the waterfront used to be the site of Jakobson’s Shipyard, which during World War II employed over 600 workers, building minesweepers, tugboats and mini-submarines for the U.S. Navy. The Jakobson Shipyard in Oyster Bay was once at the center of Long Island's shipbuilding industry. At its height of production, it was the largest builder of tugboats east of the Mississippi. Eventually, changes in the industry left the future of this valuable waterfront site in question. Concerned citizens of Oyster Bay, who feared that the site could wind up in the hands of developers, stepped in to ensure the site remained a center for the community to explore its rich maritime heritage and connection to the bay. So in 1996, the site was purchased by the State of New York and the Town of Oyster Bay, and in 2000 the WaterFront Center was born to transform the site into a hands-on educational and recreational facility. Today this is the home of the WaterFront Center, an environmental education and recreation not-for-profit community center. It is also the home of Christeen, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest surviving Oyster Sloop in North America.
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News & Updates

  • July 9th, 2016
    Star Wars Day did not go unnoticed here at The WFC. The fourth… or force was definitely with our afterschool STEAM program students. For fun, they took a look at a diagram of Jabba the Hutt’s repulsorlift luxury sail barge. According to its specs, the Ubrikkian Industrian’s ship could reach speeds of ...
  • June 28th, 2016
    “Wow, this rock is so smooth.” I turned towards the teenager who was admiring the surface a rock she picked up from the marsh. The other students gathered around picking up rocks from the same area. “Wait–all of these rocks are smooth,” replied another student. The group looked at me for insight on this discovery ...
  • June 21st, 2016
    A few weeks ago we were fortunate to find a Northern Diamondback Terrapin turtle hatchling on the Beekman Beach. The Diamondback turtles is the only turtle that inhabits coastal marshes with brackish water (mix of salt and fresh water) for their entire life. The northern diamondback is a medium-sized turtle that varies in length from ...
  • May 24th, 2016
    Michelle Slater, the WFC’s new STEAM Coordinator, comes to us from the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic, CT where she worked as an educator and handled myriad creatures from snakes to owls. Her previous employment includes STEM education and program planning at the Connecticut Science Center. In addition, she worked as a ...
  • May 24th, 2016
    Here at the WFC, we don’t wait until summer for marine science and sailing fun. With year-round marine education programs and three season sailing programs, we’re always working to engage youth in the marine environment, no matter the season. This year, the WFC is pleased to offer even more ways to get outside and ...

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